Current members

Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp

Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp CBE, FRSA

Kenneth is currently working as a Freelance Arts and Culture Consultant. From 2007 to 2016, he was Chief Executive of The Place, and from 2018 to 2020, Director of The Africa Centre. During a 25-year career as a performer, choreographer, teacher and director, he danced with London Contemporary Dance Theatre and other leading companies. Kenneth is a Patron of Akademi, and The Place, and a Trustee of Sir Matthew Bourne’s dance company New Adventures, and the Chineke! Foundation. 

Kerry Kyriacos Michael MBE

Kerry is a British Cypriot. He leads Kyriacos And Company, a production company making TV, Film, and Theatre. He’s chair of MENA Arts UK, which empowers talent connected to the Middle East, North Africa and surrounding area. He was Artistic Director & CEO of Theatre Royal Stratford East for 13 years, forging new work from diverse voices and winning 2 Olivier awards. He was Artistic Director of The Year in 2018, awarded the Freedom of the City of London and made an MBE for services to the Arts.

Nabil Nayal

Dr Nabil El-Nayal is a Syrian-born British fashion designer and educator. Nabil is also the creative director of NABIL NAYAL, a luxury womenswear Ready-to-Wear brand, which showcases during London and Paris Fashion Weeks. Alongside his design practice, Nabil also leads the MA Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear course at the London College of Fashion. Nabil’s current research explores his Syrian heritage, allowing him to explore the rich culture of Aleppo. 

Rafi Gokay-Wol

Rafi Gokay Wol is Director at the arts and talent management company HarrisonParrott where he heads the international projects and tours department. He has led a wide array of cultural exchanges and strategic partnerships in over 60 countries, promoting, developing and generating opportunities for creative talents, arts institutions and digital collaborations. Rafi is a Member of the DCMS UK-China Advisory Group and former Trustee of the National Foundation for Youth Music. 

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan leads master's courses at Norwich University of the Arts. She ran Glasshouse, a creative consultancy, where she was involved in music, street theatre and circus. Marie has a strong background in developing national policy in craft and design, disability arts, heritage and public art. She has worked as a culture expert for the European Union, evaluating Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) applications across the continent.